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Department of Sociology Vega, Anthony

2017                Ph.D. in Sociology, Washington State University

2011                M.A. in Sociology, Washington State University

2008                B.A. in Sociology, Humboldt State University


Criminology, Gender, Sexuality, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

Research Interests

Criminology: For my dissertation, I conducted a quantitative analysis of crime incident data, census data, and regional data using STATA and GIS to understand the social factors associated with the geographic distribution of non-violent sex crimes in a California county. Also, I conducted a content analysis of newspaper articles and in-depth interviews to understand how law enforcement agencies and the media understand and frame the issue of non-violent sex crime incidents, specifically lewd conduct and indecent exposure, within a California county. In addition, I conducted a socio-legal analysis of non-violent sex crime law in California over the past 100 years. For my master’s thesis, I analyzed website data of locations where public sex between men may be taking place across California using state and GIS to better understand the macro-level social factors that may contribute the distribution of public sex locations within California. Finally, I have extensive knowledge in many different areas of criminology and the criminal justice gained through conducting literature reviews, taking courses, and teaching a course in social deviance at WSU multiple times.

Gender: I have conducted extensive literature reviews on the sociology of gender and taught a “Sociology of Gender” course multiple times at WSU. Also, I have also examined through course work and research the differences in dating habits between men and women. Finally, through my research assistant work with Dr. Jennifer Schwartz, I collected and organized SEC data for a study on the gender differences in the sentencing of white-collar criminals in the U.S.

Sexuality: Both my dissertation and my master’s thesis utilized literature on human sexuality, LGBT social movements, and queer theory to help operationalize criminological concepts, analyze relevant crime and demographic data, and understand findings related to the criminalization of sexual behavior.

Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods: I have worked to gain experience and knowledge in a wide variety of research methods throughout my academic career. I have taken multiple research methods courses at WSU, such as advanced statistical methods, survey methods, qualitative methods, and experimental methods. I have used my expertise in statistics, Stata, and GIS in my dissertation and master’s thesis to help build data sets, analyze data, and create tables, graphs, and maps of results. In addition, I conducted in-depth interviews and collected archival news articles for my dissertation study.


Jennifer Schwartz and Anthony Vega. 2017. “Sources of Crime Data” in Violence and Crime Prevention, edited by Brent Teasdale and Mindy Bradley. Advances in Prevention Science Series. Springer Press.

Selected Conference Presentations

Anthony Vega. 2015. “Understanding the Political Economy Effects on Policing Resources and Strategies Targeted at Suspected Public Sex Locations.” Pacific Sociological Association, Long Beach, CA, April 1.

Anthony Vega. 2012. “The Geographic Distribution of Public Sex Environments within California.” Pacific Sociological Association, San Diego, CA, March 23.

Anthony Vega. 2011. “Dating Today, Graduating Tomorrow: The Dating Strategies of Unmarried Men in a Rural College Town.” Pacific Sociological Association, Seattle, WA, March 11.

Fellowships, Awards, and Honors

2014                Minority Student Fellowship, Department of Sociology, Washington State University ($200)

2014               Yoder Award, Department of Sociology, Washington State University ($100)

2011                Minority Student Fellowship, Department of Sociology, Washington State University ($1,200)